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« on: November 01, 2011 07:14:23 PM »



My boyfriend Bryan and I opted for a less typical "couples" costume this Halloween, and decided on one of my favourite comics. My costume is completely handmade (by me!) and his shirt was made by us. We opted for thicker stripes on the t-shirt than Calvin usually has since this shirt is probably 4 times the size Calvin's shirt would actually be, so we made the stripes about four times as thick. Bryan already had black pants and running shoes, and the wig came from a costume shop. Had we had another week or so I probably would have tried to make it! Wink We were inspired, of course, by the one and only Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes.

P.S.: I make mention of the pattern number later on- I actually modified the pattern so that the crotch would hang lower, so that my legs actually start at my knees, since Hobbes had short legs and a long torso. Smiley Oh, and I added a tail - hehe.

My foot paws are made from canvas runners covered in foam and fleece with felt paw pads. The gloves are four finger gloves made from fleece. I printed multiple pictures of Hobbes from different angles to try to get the stripe placement as accurate as possible, but it changes here and there from comic to comic.

Without further ado...



I present to you now, Calvin and Hobbes, complete with my Ode to Costuming as a Boy & His Tiger. I thought of Bill Watterson's epic poems from the beginning of the treasury books and knew I had to write this in rhyme. Wink



Months before All Hallows Eve my boyfriend Bry and me
Were searching on the internet for what wed choose to be.
We thought of all the standards, the cliches, the old and true,
But soon settled on a costume that would be something brand new!



Yards of fabric, foam and love went into Hobbes pelt,
I used some fleece, I used some fur, of course I used some felt.



I must say that head was sure the hardest part to make,
I was clueless but excited for a challenge to undertake.



I stitched plastic canvas up with yarn to make my noggin frame
While Bryan dab dab dabbed at his t-shirt which once was plain.
He used screen printing ink, duct tape and a stencil brush,
While I worked on foaming up my head so it looked plush.



The tiger suit was made from McCalls M6251,
A pattern for onesie pajamas that was truly second to none.



The stripes were sewn on afterwards, as was the belly white,
Getting everything pinned in place was really quite a fright.



Much seam ripping and re-stitching later, finally it was done,
A boy and his tiger together at last, all ready to look for some fun.



And remember, if ever you find your life too dull and boring,
Call us up, well put on our suits, and take you out exploring!



Process photos: Bryan's shirt, my crafting face, and two of the Hobbes head in the works.

     

Thanks for looking! We had a blast!


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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011 07:22:56 PM »

I had to hit - this rocks - because - IT ROCKS!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011 08:35:17 PM »

Who doesn't love Calvin & Hobbes?  Nicely done!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2011 09:17:23 PM »

Lovin' it!  Great photo shoot too!
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2011 06:42:17 AM »

Thanks folks! We thoroughly enjoyed the photo shoot - one of my coworkers has an awesome camera and takes amazing photos. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2011 08:48:44 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011 11:00:30 AM »

this is sssooooo cool!!! it instantly brought a smile to my face. love the photos. hilarious. now i really want to go on an adventure  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2011 11:23:04 AM »

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Totally epic. Fantastic costumes. Fabulous idea. Instant win. What else can I say??? If anyone else wins this costume other than you, I'll start bycotting Craftster. Seriously. Even if I were to win, I would STILL boycott Craftster.

Absolutely beautiful and your Hobbes is wonderfully made. He's perfect!
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2011 12:22:48 PM »

wow! I wish I had thought of this!
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2011 06:29:10 PM »

Wow, those are great. I have to say that I never really thought about how disturbing it would be to actually see a kid walking around with a live stuffed tiger. All those Calvin books have a whole new look to me now, lol.
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2011 06:38:49 PM »

Love your poem and pics, and costumes too.  Your Hobbes head is fantastic.

My husband and I were Calvin and Hobbes last year although his pants still lack stripes.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2011 05:31:44 AM »

Love the costumes.  They're wonderful.  I also adore how you took your pics!  So much fun!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2011 06:01:55 AM »

Thanks so much everyone, your kind comments are much loved!  Kiss

We had so much fun with the pictures. Our photographer took nearly 200, it was hard to narrow it down!
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2011 07:53:41 AM »

Fantastic!!!!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2011 03:27:49 PM »

Oh my goodness! You guys look great!
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2011 04:29:23 AM »

This is simply amazing!!
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2011 05:10:02 AM »

Thank you so much! You're all too sweet.  Kiss
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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2011 08:42:18 AM »

Day has been made, much thanks. Big silly grin at work.
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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2011 09:22:29 AM »

This is so awesome!  And the photo shoot just makes it awesome'r!
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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2011 01:21:32 PM »

This rocks! You captured the characters perfectly! Love those pictures!
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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2011 06:42:03 PM »

Thanks folks! I'll have to get some more of the photos up online somewhere. There were some super cute ones but I didn't want to seriously overload the post!
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« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2011 11:25:56 PM »

Oh my! I don't even have the words to express how INCREDIBLY AWESOME this is!!!!
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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2011 10:06:53 AM »

so awesome!
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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2011 01:50:54 PM »

Thank you all a bunch - there are some seriously amazing entries this year!

Edited to add: Just found this one on a friend's Facebook... apparently this is what they do at Halloween parties when you take your mask off - pretend you're their latest kill, haha!



There were a couple more pics from a Halloween party that a friend added to Facebook, and I had to share!

Hamming it up with the hostess:



And we swapped heads!

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« Reply #24 on: November 26, 2011 12:14:08 AM »

Oh, wow! Hobbes is PERFECT (Calvin is cute, too)!
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« Reply #25 on: November 27, 2011 12:53:35 PM »

Thanks a bunch! Smiley We're already planning ahead for next year, haha. I can't wait!
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